Advocacy Update: 2018 Session Underway

January 11, 2018

On Monday, legislative leaders presented their legislative agendas. Despite the difficulties of the current fiscal environment, Speaker Heastie renewed his conference's commitment to funding education and indicated he wanted to "build on the success" of the past years, specifically in relation to Foundation Aid. The Senate focused more on tax relief, including reducing current mandates and prohibiting future unfunded mandates.

The Governor has announced he will release his 2018-19 Executive Budget on Tuesday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m..

Following the release, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will provide an overview and analysis, as well as school aid runs as soon as they become available.

ECB Releases Paper on Medicaid Cuts

In December, the Educational Conference Board (ECB), of which NYSSBA is a member, released a paper regarding Medicaid, and the potential consequences to school districts and students if cuts or changes are made.

New York State Children's Alliance, Inc. Training Seminars

The New York State Children's Alliance, Inc. is hosting three training seminars in child abuse prevention curricula. This opportunity is open to community and school-based professionals who currently work in or plan to partner with one or more schools in New York State. Additional information is below.

2018 NAI and Capital Conference

It is more critical than ever that policymakers in Albany and Washington hear from school board members about what districts need and how our students can be better supported.

Consider joining NYSSBA and NSBA for the 2018 National Advocacy Institute being held Sunday, February 4th through Tuesday, February 6th in Washington, D.C..  Registration information is below.

In addition, please join NYSSBA for the 2018 Capital Conference being held Sunday, February 11th and Monday, February 12th in Albany. Registration information is below.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will keep you up to date on these and other issues.

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